Universidad Católica kept its Copa Libertadores dreams alive as it picked up its first win of their 2012 campaign as they defeated group leaders Unión Española 2-1 in the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo.
The home side got off to exactly the start they wanted as Roberto Ovelar got on the end of a Felipe Gutiérrez cross to head home the opener in the seventh minute. Los cruzados dominated much of the first half against the Primera Division rivals but were unable to find the back of the net with Francisco Pizarro having their best chance to make it two for the home side just before the half-time break.
It was a much different story in the second half as Unión Española exerted their influence on the game but much like their opponents in the first half couldn’t find the back of the net. However luck of sort turned their way in the 78th minute when Matías Campos Toro picked up a second yellow card for the most obvious handball you will ever see and seven minutes the visitors had their equaliser as Gonzalo Villagra got on the end of a Gonazalo Barriga cross. However their joy was extremely short lived as Daud Gazale headed home the winner two minutes later.
The win see Universidad Católica stay in third position on six points but they are only point behind Bolivar and their table topping opponents with only two group games remaining.
Universidad Católica 2-1 Unión Española